Oct. 18, 2002
Laramie, Wyo. - In a thrilling match, the WyomingCowgirl Volleyball Team (17-4 overall, 3-3 MWC) swept the 16th rankedUtah Utes (14-5 overall, 4-2 MWC) in three games 30-19, 30-28, 20-23, onFriday night in Laramie.
The Cowgirls opened up the match by taking an early 7-1 advantage.After going on a 14-9 run, their lead would grow to 21-10. The Utespulled within eight points, but that would be as close as they would getas UW took the first game 30-19.
Wyoming jumped out to an early lead, but the Utes tied it up at seven.They would regain the lead the very next point and maintain it for theremainder of the game. Down 26-21, Utah made a 5-2 run to close withintwo points 28-26, but the Cowgirls would battle and win the game 30-28to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
In game three, Utah would finally take their first lead of the match inthe early going 3-2. It was short lived, as the Cowgirls went on a 7-1run to open up a five point advantage. They continued to build on thelead, holding an eight point margin several times during the game. TheCowgirls shut down the Utes 30-23 in the final game to take the match3-0.
"This win really reassures the girls that what we're teaching andworking hard in practice does pay off, and this is probably one of thebiggest wins in several years for this program," said head coach JimBarnes. "It was a great job by everyone and they came out ready to playtonight. Sara and Michele really showed their leadership and that's whatwe need for everyone to contribute."
"This is one of the best victories I've coached in my entire career.But there is still a long way to go in the season, so we're going tokeep gaining and expect more each time we go out to play."
Wyoming was led by Michele Rauter and Sara Maytorena. Rauter finishedwith her 12th double-double of the season with 15 kills, 13 digs and a.324 hitting percentage, while Maytorena added 11 kills, eight digs anda career high eight block assists.
The is first time since Nov. 1, 1997, when both teams were members ofthe WAC, that the Cowgirls have defeated the Utes, and the 23rd time inthe series history. It's also the first time in head coach Jim Barnes'career that he has beaten a Top 20 program.
The Cowgirls will now host the Brigham Young Cougars tomorrow night at7:00 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Gym.